Concern about woman leads to stabbing in Lents

Find out who officials say knifed a man in Lents – in a dispute involving a woman …

A stabbing in Lents Town Center disturbs the stillness of a crisp, fall-like evening in this outer East Portland neighborhood.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

From the gas station across the street, at SE 92nd Avenue and Foster Road, a witness saw two young Caucasian men, dressed in “brightly colored” shirts and carrying skate boards, running from the area at about 7:45 p.m. on September 21.

“Then, I saw another young guy who looked like he’d been stabbed in the front, and was bleeding real bad,” said Rufus Brown, as he pointed to the area called Crossroads Plaza, located at the northwest corner of the intersection.

“I called 9-1-1, and about a minute later, lots of cop cars were buzzing around the area,” Brown told East Portland News.

In Crossroad Plaza, an officer looks for evidence after a man was stabbed nearby.

Eleven Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct district cars rolled into the area, including a Canine Team as an AMR ambulance took the wounded victim to a Portland area hospital.

Officers fanned out in the area, looking for the suspects, thought to have made it to the Foster Road TriMet MAX Light Rail station.

Officers stand by, listening to a radio call describing the suspects.

“The stabbing was the result of a dispute involving a female,” PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson later confirmed to East Portland News.

The victim, 25-year-old Kyle Parish, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries,” Simpson reported – adding that two suspects had been apprehended, and each charged with felonies, in connection with the incident.

This man, 19-year-old Takota Michael Smith, is accused in the Lents attack.

19-year-old Takota Michael Smith was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on September 22 at 1:10 a.m. on charges of Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, and Assault in the Third Degree.

At his arraignment in Multnomah County Court later that day, the judge dropped the Assault in the Second Degree charge; but Smith will face the other two felony charges, and remains in custody in lieu of $255,000 combined bail.

Police also charge 21-year-old Christopher August McGregor with felony charges for his alleged role in the stabbing attack.

21-year-old Christopher August McGregor was booked into MCDC on September 22 at 2:33 a.m. on charges of Assault in the First Degree and Assault in the Third Degree.

In court, McGregor learned at his arraignment that he’ll be tried on the same two felony charges, and he also remains in custody in lieu of $255,000 combined bail.

© 2016 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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